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Six reasons to study Archaeology

For those considering a degree in Archaeology but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are six compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Uncover the secrets of human history

The analysis of physical remains informs a lot of our knowledge of how human society has developed. Archaeologists play a vital role in historical exploration and by studying an Archaeology degree, you'll learn how. 

2. Gain transferable skills

The skills you'll learn while studying for an Archaeology degree can be applied to a variety of career choices. You'll gain analytical skills, reasoning skills, practical skills, the ability to work within or as the leader of a team, and so much more. Study Archaeology and the career world could be your oyster.

3. Apply your learning

Archaeology offers a more hands-on approach than subjects like History. Universities guarantee a certain number of days of fieldwork, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and apply your learning.

4. Travel the world

Human history isn't confined to one place, so neither is archaeological enquiry. From day trips to historical sites in the UK to week-long field trips to Rome, it's fair to say archaeologists are seasoned travellers.

5. Spend a year abroad

If you're interested in a higher education experience that involves time spent living in another country and culture, Archaeology could be perfect for you. Many UK Archaeology degree courses include a year spent studying abroad.

6. Combine courses

Archaeology informs a number of other areas of study, and vice versa, so it makes sense that dual honours degrees are common. Archaeology with Classics & Ancient History or Anthropology are just a couple of examples of complementary dual honours degrees.

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